Public Description of Mima Meadow, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA

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Location: Mima Meadow, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co., California, USA
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General Description:

UCSC officially calls this area ¨Inclusion Area A¨. It is locally known for it´s unique geology – dominated by a large sinkhole on the West side of Empire Grade almost directly across from the end of Heller Drive, and by the famous ¨Mima Mounds¨ or ¨hogwallows¨, a pattern of low, inexplicable humps of soil across most of the meadow.


Habitat Description:

The meadow is dominated by invasive grasses, but has a good diversity of annual wildflowers. It is bordered by a dense hedge of live oak and bay laurel trees, as well as some redwood and douglas-fir to the northwest (at the lip of Cave Gulch). The meadow is heavily grazed by cattle, and the cow patties can be very productive in spring.


Interesting Species:

Parasola, Coprinus, and Coprinellus species, Panaeolus and Stropharia on the cow patties.Amanita velosa, Amanita magniverrucata, Amanita ocreata, Amanita novinupta along the oak border.


Description author: Christian (Request Authorship Credit)

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